Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Huron League Leaders

Rushing Leaders:

1)Jodeci Mays (A) 99-797, 2)Dex Teen (GI) 101-759, 3)Chris LaBeau (SMCC) 82-609, 4)Sterling Wilson (H) 74-606 5)Joe Dunn (M) 65-460, 6)Joe Connor (FR) 68-451, 7)Bryan McCullough (J) 71-442

Passing Leaders:

1)Robbie White (GI) 55-86-793, 2)Andrew Mayrand (H) 40-81-722, 3)Daniel Jones (A) 34-61-487, 4)Grant Karr (M) 31-48-266 5)Jason Kubica (R) 18-48-258

Receiving Leaders:


1)James Cameron (GI) 35-543, 2)David Stockert (H) 14-297, 3)Caleb Tavtigian (H) 11-216, 4)Tyler Baker (A) 11-155, 5)Michael Kowalski (R) 9-138, 6)Tyler Pluff (A) 6-110, 7)Joe Connor (FR) 5-108

Tackles:

1)Tyler Weclowski (H) 71, 2)Dan Chickeral (FR) 67, 3)Jake Rasicz (FR) 66, 4)Mike Graves (A) 55, 5)Michael Pannone (SMCC) 47, 6)DeAndre Mitchell (M) 40

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Week 6 Part II

Huron/Milan: The Big Reds have never lost to Huron. They are a perfect 15-0 against the Chiefs. Last year it looked like the Chiefs had Milan on the ropes going into the 4th quarter but the Big Reds stormed back with a 35-24 win in route to a share of the Huron League title.

Huron is coming off of a loss to their arch rivals in Flat Rock and need to regroup if they are to have any chance at making the playoffs. Last year the Chiefs threw all over Milan and may have to do the same if they plan on pulling off the upset.

Milan is off to a 4-1 start with their only blemish coming at the hands of an excellent Airport team. Milan likes to run the ball but their passing game has been coming along. They must find a way to slow down Huron's high powered offense.

A week ago I might have picked Huron to win this game and I wouldn't be surprised if they still did. Milan is the program that Huron would like to become and a win against the Big Reds would help them toward that goal. Milan seems to be getting better every week and they are playing at home. I think this will be a good game but Milan wins 27-24.

Airport/SMCC: This is a matchup of the two teams that I picked to finish 1st and 2nd in the league this year. Neither team has disappointed thus far although the Jets have been much more impressive up to this point. Last years game was a 21-0 shutout and the way Airport is playing the same could possibly happen again. Eric Redmond has turned Airport into a football powerhouse and this may be his best team ever. He will take a 6-7 career record against SMCC into this game. Jack Giarmo took over a great program at SMCC and has continued the storied traditon of the Falcons. He holds a 5-6 record against Airport and Redmond.

Airport started the season off with a win over Bedford and that win gets more impressive each week. The Jets have have rolled over their Huron League schedule thus far and seem poised for a long playoff run. The Jet offense is powered by the best running back in the league in Jodeci Mays and the most efficient quarterback in the league in Daniel Jones. The Airport defense keeps getting better and better and are led by two great linebackers in Drew Nava and Michael Graves

SMCC is coming off a game where they rang up 61 points against Grosse Ile. The Falcons scored every time they touched the ball. The Falcons have had some close calls along the way but they have responded each week with an impressive effort. The SMCC offense has struggled a bit at times this year but they have a stable of running backs that they can give the ball to if needed. The defense has been steady all season and has stepped up almost every time when needed.

All signs headed into Friday's game point to an Airport victory. The Jets are just that darn good. They have a great back, a great QB, an excellent defense and great team speed. They should be able to snuff out SMCC's one dimensional offense. SMCC will counter with some great team speed themselves, excellent special teams play, an under-rated QB and an excellent running back in Chris LaBeau. It goes without saying that both teams have excellent coaches. According to my poll, the popular pick looks to be Airport and that makes perfect sense. I think Airport has a great team and a great program but I think the Catholics from Monroe County will have something up their sleeve this week (maybe a prayer or maybe a passing game?). I am going to go against the grain and pick the smallest school in the league over the largest school in the league. Give me SMCC in a hard fought victory over Airport 28-27.

Memory Lane

Just to add a little to the predictions this week I would like to repost my league predictions for SMCC and Airport. I posted these on August 26th, 2009 and feel pretty good about what was written.

Take a look, these are the exact post from just over 1 month ago:

Airport

Well I am down to two teams and I probably need to pick somebody to win this darn thing. Both Airport and SMCC have competed for the league title virtually every year this millennium. SMCC is rich in it's football tradition and Airport has an excellent overall athletic program.

Airport finished last season at 7-3 and finished in a 1st place tie with Milan for the league title at 6-1. Airport was hit pretty hard with graduation but return 22 seniors to the gridiron this fall.

Offensively the Jets will put up points and will center their offense around their QB Daniel Jones and RB Jodeci Mays. The speed that these two possess will really put pressure on opposing team's defenses. Look for Jones to throw enough to keep league foes off balance in order to set up the running game.

Defense has always been a strength under veteran coach Eric Redmond. Airport recorded three shutouts last year. The Jets pride themselves on playing good defense and this year will be no different. Michael Graves and Drew Nava are excellent linebackers who will give opposing offenses fits.

While Airport will be defending their league title this year and should have an excellent team, I can't help but think that SMCC is just a little bit better. Look for Airport to finish 6-1 in the league and 7-2 overall.

SMCC

We have spent the last week working our way from bottom to top in an effort to predict who would win the Huron League. I have been cheered, jeered, booed and praised. None of it really matters including my predictions because high school football doesn't start until Friday night. This blog along with these predictions were just one fan's effort to add to what is one of the greatest times of the year.

SMCC has been a power in the Huron League for the better part of the last 22 years winning 8 Huron League title. Prior to that the school was known as Monroe Catholic Central and the Falcons won 10 league titles in a span of 20 years. No team even comes close to matching the dominance that the Catholics from Monroe have shown.

This years team has been chosen to win the league because they have every thing it takes to win the Huron League. I don't know if they have what it takes to win a state title because I don't know if SMCC has been working on the passing game.

SMCC returns a host of veteran players including 8 juniors who started at one time or another on varsity last year as sophomores. The Falcons have only 13 seniors but will rely on most of them in order to achieve football glory this fall.

Offensively the Falcons will run the ball right at you, although they will use some deception. As many as 5 or 6 backs could carry the load on any given Friday. Fullback TJ Lovell is perhaps the best player in the league. His bruising and determined running style make the Falcons physical. When you focus too much on Lovell, they will hit you with their speed.

Defensively, the Falcons will be led by Lovell at LB, Nick Wilson at DE and Mike Pannone who was an all-league defensive back as a sophomore. Scoring on the Falcons will be tough to do on the ground and teams may have better luck throwing on them instead.

I would be doing a disservice if I didn't mention the coaching at SMCC. Jack Giarmo has been an excellent coach since he took over in 1998. He has gone an impressive 83-39 since taking the position while winning two league titles. Perhaps the most impressive part of Giarmo's tenure has been the special teams play. Year in and year out the Falcons have had an advantage in field position because of their special teams. Last year alone Martellis Simon scored 6 times on returns.

Look for SMCC to finish the league season undefeated at 7-0. I do believe they will be challenged by Airport who skunked the Falcons 21-0 last year. Jefferson has won 2 in a row against their rivals and may have something to say about an undefeated league season. Riveview played SMCC tough last year and Jeff Stergalas should be able to match wits with Giarmo. A game that intrigues me is on September 18th when Huron host the Falcons. Huron will not be able to stop SMCC's ground game but will the Falcons be able to stop the Chiefs?

I see SMCC finishing 8-1 overall this season. I think that loss will come opening night against a Detroit Crockett team that has an excellent run defense and will be able to match the Falcon speed. The Rockets were playoff qualifiers last year and lost to state finalist Detroit Country Day 17-7 in the opening round of the playoffs.


Not bad eh? We will see what happens on Friday. Look for my prediction later this evening.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Week 6 Part I

Flat Rock/Grosse Ile: Flat Rock has won 3 in a row against the Red Devils including last years shutout 32-0. Grosse Ile has proved all year that they can move the ball on anybody.

The Rams are fresh off an impressive win over their main rival Huron. Look for the Rams to run the ball virtually every play while sprinkling in a pass here and there. Defensively the Rams will need to contain Grosse Ile's three-headed monster of White, Teen and Cameron.

Grosse Ile piled up 500 yards in offense against against SMCC last week. The problem is they gave up a mind boggling 61 points to the Falcons. The Red Devils will need to stack the line of scrimmage to stop the Flat Rock running game that came to life two weeks ago.

Both Grosse Ile and Flat Rock feel pretty good about themselves coming into this game. GI has proved that they can compete. The Rams have won two in a row and seem to be playing with confidence. This is basically a pick'em game and may come down to coaching which gives the Rams an advantage. This game may just come down to special teams as well and I would give the Red Devils the advantage there and a win this week 21-20.

Jefferson/Riverview: Riverview is leading in this series 17-13. The Bears won last year's game but the Bucs won in 2007. The Bears have struggle lately and Riverview is still trying to give their new coach his first win.

Jefferson was on many people's preseason favorite list but the Bears have fallen on some hard times lately. The Bears need to get their running game going and start defensing a little better in order to stop their three game losing streak.

Riverview ran into a finely tuned machine last week in Airport but the Bucs may be getting Jefferson at an opportune time. Jeff Stergalas knows how to stop a good running game. The Pirates just need to be able to score some points and take care of the football.

Jefferson could be ripe for the picking and the Pirates desperately need a win. This may be another pick'em game but I will go with the team I thought would be playing well all year. Jefferson wins 27-21.

Airport/SMCC

Hey everyone we have a huge game in the Huron League this week. Why don't you let us know who is going to win the game by taking our poll and by giving an educated or informed opinion.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Huron League Thoughts

How many people will attend the SMCC/Airport showdown this week?

Grosse Ile and SMCC compiled over 900 yards of offense on Friday.

Coach's Credo: Offense fills the seats and defense wins championships

Riverview may be catching Jefferson at the right time.

The programs at Flat Rock show the Rams as a small team that's because they don't list heart size next to the height/weight columns.

Milan is still receiving criticism at 4-1.

What happened to the defense that used to be played in this league?

Cameron or Stockert who would you choose? Jones or White?

Is the league up or down this year?

Airport's win over Bedford just keeps getting better and better.

This league has some excellent running backs.

Ecorse won again, beating previously undefeated Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Friday Night Stars

Leo Pittman: The junior running back from Milan had 146 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries in Milan's 34-12 victory over Jefferson.

Daniel Jones: The senior quarterback from Airport threw 2 touchdowns and was 7 of 12 for 155 yards as Airport remained undefeated by beating Riverview 41-0.

Eric Zapata: The tiny junior fullback from Flat Rock ran for 3 touchdowns and 125 yards on 24 carries in Flat Rock's 38-25 victory over Huron.

Chris LaBeau:
The senior running back from SMCC ran for 189 yards and two scores on just 12 carries as the Falcons rolled to a 61-24 win over Grosse Ile.

Jim Cameron:
The junior wide receiver from Grosse Ile caught a staggering 15 passes for 216 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Red Devils 61-24 lost to SMCC.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Flat Rock Stuns Huron 38-25

Flat Rock came into Friday's Huron League match up against their arch-rival Huron as an underdog. Huron had the better offense, the bigger players, and the brighter stars. None of that mattered to the Rams. "There are no individuals, we're a team", stated the Ram's Dan Chickeral after Flat Rock's 38-25 victory over Huron at Marv Middlestat Field in Flat Rock. The Rams seemed motivated to face the high powered Chiefs. "This game means everything, this is a game we circle", added Chickeral.

Flat Rock used an excellent defensive game plan and a grind it out offense along with some opportunistic plays to win this game. The Rams rushed the ball 51 times for 186 yards while eating away at the clock. The defense hounded Huron QB Andrew Mayrand with a relentless pass rush and forced the Chiefs to turn the ball over 4 times.

Huron opened the scoring in the 1st quarter by taking the opening kickoff 55 yards on 7 plays as it looked like the Chiefs were determined to stop their 3 game skid against the Rams. But Flat Rock would have no part of that as they scored 3 straight touchdowns to end the first quarter. The third touchdown came on a 55 yard interception return.

Huron would respond to open the 2nd quarter, the Chiefs drove 58 yards to the Ram 6 yard line but had to settle for a Zach Richardson 23 yard field goal. Flat Rock would respond quickly as the ensuing kickoff was returned 64 yards to the Chief 6 yard line. The Rams would push it in from there as they entered the break with a 25-10 lead.

The Rams would put the game away in the 3rd quarter. They opened the 2nd half with another excellent kickoff return to the Chief 37 yard line. The Rams then scored on a 44 yard half back pass on a 3 and 17 play to put the home team up 32-10. The Rams would then get the ball back and promptly go 45 yards on 7 plays to push the score to 38-10 at the end of the 3rd quarter.

The 4th quarter was largely uneventful as Huron scored twice late in the game to make the final score 38-25.

Eric Zapata scored 3 touchdowns for the Rams as he carried the ball 24 times for 125 yards. Joe Conner, Matt Metz and Chickeral would score the other touchdowns for Flat Rock. The win gives the Rams a 2-2 record in the Huron League and Huron drops to 1-3 in league play.

Huron League Scores

Airport 41 Riverview 0

Flat Rock 38 Huron 25

Milan 34 Jefferson 12


SMCC 61 Grosse Ile 24

More Than A Game!

I found this story while reading online early this morning. I can't post links on my site for some reason so I copied and pasted this article written by Luke Matheson from Arkansasvarsity.com entitled "Arkansas player ends game with noble gesture".

Thamail Morgan took the kickoff and headed up the field.
He was at the 20 ... 30 ... 40

He had been avoiding, dodging or just simply running through tacklers on the way. Football always had come easily for Morgan. This game was no different. By the time he hit midfield, only open space was ahead of him. The two-time Arkansas all-state selection was headed for a touchdown.

40 ... 30 ... 20

He glanced at the clock and saw the final seconds ticking away. He realized his team, Cave City, was on the way to a victory over Yellville-Summit, comfortably ahead, 34-16. He also realized two other things: This wasn't an ordinary game. And he wasn't the same Thamail Morgan.

When he reached the 2, he stopped. He took a few steps back and took a knee at the 5-yard line.


******
Yelleville-Summit is a co-op program, a combination of two small rural schools in the northern part of Arkansas, near the Missouri border. Combining the schools allows them to field a football team. But even then, the squad is so small that coach Calvin Mallett has to bring extra uniforms in case a lineman gets hurt and someone needs to fill in.

On Sept. 11, before a game with Salem, the schools came together for a pep rally. Afterward, four of the players piled into the bed of Kymball Duffy's truck to head to his house for a pre-game meal.


According to Marion County Sheriff Roger Vickers, this is what happened next.

As Duffy came over a hill, he quickly came upon a brush pile in the road. Duffy swerved into the other side of the road, attempting to avoid it. He lost control of the truck, sending it into a tumble.

The four players in the back - whose names are not being released - were thrown from the vehicle. Miraculously, three of the players in the back suffered only minor injuries. A fourth remains in the hospital but appears to be headed for recovery. Duffy was killed at the scene.

The game with Salem was cancelled.

The town held memorial services for Duffy, then decided they needed to continue the season as part of the healing process.

Before taking on Cave City, the most seriously injured of the four players in the back of the truck, spoke to the team from his hospital bed.

Players from Yellville-Summit and Cave City met at midfield before the game for a moment of remembrance. Players on both teams were a No. 72 decal - Duffy's number - on their helmet.

The game began and Cave City quickly scored. Minutes later, it scored again. And again. All hope for a storybook ending appeared lost.


******
Thamail Morgan is the type of player who can dominate a high school game. On every play.

Last year, playing for Newport in a state playoff game against Heber Springs, he had 15 tackles, a sack and two forced fumbles on defense. He had 145 yards receiving and two touchdowns on offense.

He was coveted by most Division I programs in the South. Then it all changed.

In January, he violated an unspecified school rule that banned him from athletics for a year. Morgan would be eligible for basketball during his senior season but not football.

A year away from football would hurt his chances of gaining a scholarship, so - after considering a number of options - he transferred roughly 40 miles away to Cave City. His scholarship offers did not travel with him.

"Before I screwed up and got myself into trouble, I had some schools like Arkansas, Florida State, Ole Miss, and some other big schools looking at me,'' he said. "Now they are not looking at me, but I have no one to blame but myself for that. Hopefully I can get on someone's radar, even if it is a lower level D-1 or D-2 school."

Cave City coach Jon Bradley was willing to take a chance on Morgan. But only if he met certain conditions. He not only is required to attend extra weight lifting and conditioning exercises, he is required to participate in after-school activities with a local church and meet with a pastor on a regular basis for counseling.

"Everyone makes mistakes," Bradley said. "Thamail made some mistakes that did not allow him to play football anymore at Newport, and we knew what those mistakes were when he came here. I sat him down and talked to him, and let him know I was willing to give him a chance, but there were certain things that he would have to do in order to play for our program.

"So far, he has accomplished, and continues to do everything he has been asked to do, and then some. He has transitioned well and the kids here have accepted him. He is doing well in class, and is a leader on the football field and is a great athlete. We feel fortunate to have him."


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Bradley said he didn't get word the game with Yellville-Summit was going to be played until Tuesday. He then wondered all week how it would play out.


"I did not know what to expect due to the tragedy,'' he said. "You go into the game wanting to win, but then, you feel bad doing it. When we went up 21-0 in the first quarter, I just can't explain how I felt. The atmosphere was so weird. I just can't explain it."

His players sensed it too.

"They told me on the sidelines that Yellville-Summit was not into it and they did not want to pad stats or run up the score,'' he said. "At that time, I started substituting our kids in and out of the game."

At this point, what the game represented became clear to Bradley.

"Everyone was glad that they were out there playing, getting some sort of return to normalcy,'' he said. "But everyone was going to be glad when it was over."

Yellville-Summit eventually scored in the second quarter, after Cave City had replaced many of its regulars. Bradley did not have a problem with that.

"I talked with Coach Mallet earlier in the week and before the game," Bradley said. "He let me know that if the game was to get out of hand, he simply did not have the players to substitute due to his numbers. So, I knew that when I pulled our guys, that there was a chance they would score."

It was 28-8 at halftime. Then 34-8 at the end of three quarters. Yelleville-Summit scored a second time with little time left to make it 34-16.

They had to kick off, sending a line drive that bounced its way to the back. To Morgan.

"We didn't even think they would kick off," Bradley said. "And we had him (Morgan) all the way back. It was our top return team, but we only have one return team."

What he did next surprised Bradley.

"I did not tell him to kneel down, he did it on his own," Bradley said. "I did not expect them to kick it to him. I figured they would kick away, because he has the ability to break away. I did not know that he was going to do what he did. He broke tackles, ran sideline to sideline, and got to the 2, and just stopped. That is when he backed up and took a knee on the 5-yard line."


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Morgan did not do this completely on his own.

"We were on the sidelines yelling for him not to score," Bradley said. "Some of the players on the field were saying it, too. But I'm not sure how much he could have heard all of it."

He heard it, Morgan admitted. But he didn't need to.

"Before the game, we as a team talked about being classy,'' he said. "We did not want to come out in a game like this and not show any class.

"As I was running, some of my teammates told me not to score, and I knew that scoring was not the right thing to do."

He was glad to be a part of what happened.

"I just want to thank my teammates for not only being classy all night, but pushing me to be classy as well,'' he said.

The gesture was well received.

"We weren't sure how gloomy they would be before the game,'' Morgan said. "They had gloom, but it was not as bad as we thought. We met before the game, and they told us that they did not want us to feel sorry for them, and they did not want us to back off just because of what happened. They wanted us to play them like we would have if Duffy has still been there with them, so we did.

"After the game, they complimented us, and even thanked us for the way that we played them. They are some really cool cats, and I wish them the best of luck with their healing process and the rest of their season. I hope they make the playoffs."


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What becomes of the rest of Morgan's football career remains to be seen.

He is getting interest from Arkansas State and Central Arkansas. Bigger schools such as Southern Miss and Texas Tech are starting to re-enter the picture.


At 6-1, 195 with a 4.5 time in the 40, there's no doubt he can play. It's the other issues that are a concern. Bradley is doing his best to make those go away.

"I send things out to places and I tell schools, he's had some off the field issues, but if you're interested, please call me because it's not near as bad as what it sounds,'' Bradley said. "They assume his grades are bad or that he's done something really, really bad. Everyone deserves a second chance. He's doing the right thing."

Bradley said he and Morgan have had many talks, but none of them have been about behavior.

"He's not a discipline problem at all,'' Bradley said. "His grades are getting better. He'll have an opportunity to play. He's too good of an athlete and too good of a young man right now."

Bradley admitted he had concerns at the beginning but they have proven to be unfounded.

"I've never seen anything negative out of the kid,'' he said. "He's the most polite kid. He works hard. He knows he has one shot to get his education.

"He's showing people he's doing the right thing."

That was never more evident as when he kneeled down on the field.




This article kind of puts into perspective what high school football and athletics is about. It's about preparing and educating kids for the game of life.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

JV Scores

SMCC 20 Grosse Ile 8

Flat Rock 55 Huron 30

Airport 40 Riverview 14

Jefferson 7 Milan 6

Offensive Stat Leaders

Rushing Yards
1)Jodeci Mays (A) 85-667, 2)Dex Teen (GI) 80-555, 3)Sterling Wilson (H) 61-480, 4)Joe Dunn (M)65-460, 5)Bryan McCullough (MJ) 71-442, 6)Chris LaBeau (SMCC) 70-420, 7)Joe Conner (FR) 54-393


Passing Yards
1) Andrew Mayrand (H) 35-66-637, 2) Robbie White (GI)33-56-491, 3)Daniel Jones (A) 32-49-332, 4)Jason Kubica (R) 18-48-257, Daniel Jones (A) 32-49-332, 5) Grant Karr (M) 24-41-208


Receiving Yards
1)Jim Cameron (GI) 20-327, 2) David Stockert (H) 13-263, 3) Caleb Tavtigian (H) 9-175 4)Michael Kowalski (R) 9-138, 5) Tyler Baker (A) 9-122

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Book Review

I wouldn't normally do this but I have to recommend a book on high school football that I recently read. I am not much of a reader and I could not put this book down. This book is written by Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News. He is a native Detroiter and Michigan State alumnus. The name of the book is Goodfellows: The Champions of St. Ambrose.

This book is an insight into one of the greatest football programs in Michigan High School football history. St. Ambrose on the Detroit/Grosse Pointe border became the most feared football program in Detroit behind the coaching of future Super Bowl Champions. St. Ambrose with an enrollment of 400 took on the big boys of the famed Detroit Catholic and Public School Leagues back when 40,000 people would attend the annual GoodFellows Bowl game at Briggs stadium in Detroit. (Yes, I said 40,000 people)

While reading this book I laughed, I cried, I admired and I shook my head at what it took to build this great program. This book provides great insight for any athletic program hoping to achieve greatness. It also takes a look at the backdoor deals that brought great players to St. Ambrose and how it was justified.

I guarantee you will love this book whether you love football, grew up in the City of Detroit or have wondered how the Catholics built their great athletic programs. It is a must read for anyone who has coached the game of football or aspires to be one.

Week 5 Picks Part II

Grosse Ile/SMCC: SMCC owns a 6 game winning streak heading into Friday's game with Grosse Ile. The last time the Falcons lost to the Islanders was in 2002 and that was also the last time SMCC had a losing record.

Grosse Ile has proven to many this season that they are a much improved program over the previous 2 years. The Red Devils have numerous weapons on offense and have tightened up the defense this year. John Bodner should be commended for the job he has done this year with the Red Devils.

SMCC has reeled off 3 wins since dropping the opener to now 4-0 Detroit Crockett. The Falcons have battle some injuries this season and have been plagued at times by undisciplined and uncharacteristic penalties. The Huron League schedule has been extremely kind to the Catholics as they have faced the traditional bottom 4 in the league the first 4 games.

Grosse Ile's offense should give SMCC some problems this week. The Falcons did make some excellent adjustments last week against Huron to steal a late victory. Look for a healthier Chris LaBeau to make a first half difference as SMCC marches towards a showdown with Airport next week. SMCC wins this game 34-17.

Huron/Flat Rock: Flat Rock has won 3 in a row against the improving Huron program when the Chiefs may have had more talent each year. There are many who say the Chiefs are cursed against the Rams in football. Last years Flat Rock victory featured a ball that bounced off of a perfectly positioned Chief defender into the arms of a Ram that provided a crucial touchdown for Flat Rock. The bounce was one in a long line of bounces or mishaps that date back to the 70's.

Huron played well at times last week against SMCC and probably should have won the game. The Chief offense has been it's usual self and the defense played their best half of the year against the Falcons before giving up a late Mike Howey 45 yard run. The Chief defense was excellent against the Falcon rushing attack the entire half except for that 7 seconds.

Flat Rock dusted off the playbook last week that many didn't think existed as the Rams showed an offensive outburst in their 28-21 victory over Riverview. Don't expect Flat Rock's version of the run and shoot to continue this week. Joe Pruchnicki is a run first coach and that will continue to be the case against Huron.

This is a potential trap game for the Chiefs against their bitter rivals. The Chiefs need this win against Flat Rock and the Rams will be looking to continue their winning streak. Look for the much bigger Chiefs to run directly over the Ram defense while mixing in the pass to their talented receivers. There will be no curse this year as the Chiefs eye a potential playoff birth. Huron wins this game going away 31-14.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Week 5 Picks Part I

Riverview/Airport: Riverview hasn't beaten Airport since the 2004 season and they haven't scored against the Jets since 2005. If that doesn't spell trouble for the Bucs the fact that Airport is 4-0 and Riverview is 0-4 probably does.

Riverview had a great chance to get it's first win against Flat Rock last week but gave up 28 points to the Rams. You can tell that Riverview is playing better football this season. The Pirates are scoring more and are certainly playing better defense under new coach Jeff Stergalas. Riverview will probably have a solid game plan defensively for Airport but will have a hard time stopping the high-flying Jets.

Airport is coming off a convincing win over a bitter rival and is probably expecting Riverview to be a mere speed bump in the road in rout to a date with SMCC in a week. The Jets are playing excellent defense and the offense has been simply awesome.

Riverview's size may pose some problems for the speedy Jets but look for this game to be over early. Airport should be able to score at will and Riverview will have major problems against the Jet defense. This game should be a runaway. Airport wins 41-13.

Jefferson/Milan: This game should give us an idea about the rest of the Huron League season. A loss by Jefferson throws them into the bottom four. A loss by Milan says the Big Reds can beat the weak teams but lose to the better.

Jefferson is coming off back to back losses since a 2-0 start. The Bears must get back to their grind it out style and chew up time off of the clock. If Bryan McCullough can have a big game, Jefferson should be okay. Defensively Jefferson will be able to focus on Milan's running game but they will need to hold the Milan special teams in check.

Milan responded nicely last week after being crushed by Airport the week before. It took the Big Reds a while to get going but they managed to beat an up and coming Grosse Ile team on the road. Look for Milan to stack the line against Jefferson and dare them to throw the ball.

This is a game that could go either way. Milan could use a win to help solidify a possible playoff appearance. Jefferson needs this win to stay away from a birth in the lower echelon of the league. I see this game being a low scoring affair with Milan winning 14-13.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Huron League Thoughts

SMCC is only giving up 9.7 points per game in Huron League play.

Airport is averaging 48 points per game in Huron League play.

Huron's win over Jefferson is the only bottom four win over a top four team this season.

Coach Stergalas clearly has his work cut out for him over at Riverview.

Jefferson will struggle without Mike Oley in the lineup.

Detroit Western's loss to Grosse Ile is their only loss so far this season.

With all the criticism of Milan they are still 3-1 overall.

Will the aerial circus at Flat Rock continue?

Did Huron drop Ecorse off of the schedule out of fear? The Red Raiders are 4-0 and are giving up just 3 points per game!

Huron League Football

Hey everyone just wanted to thank all of you for visiting the blog and participating.

I just want to let everyone know that we want to be respectful here. I review all post before they are posted. Occasionally one may get by that is borderline inappropriate. If you see one please let me know. Bantering back and forth about teams is fine but please stay away from calling kids out or blaming kids on here. Coaches are free reign but we have to be respectful of the them as well and while I will be a little more lenient in that respect I will reject a post if it's over the top. I realize that coaches are paid and they are professionals and open to criticism but they still put a lot of time, effort and heart into the season and that deserves your respect.

Have fun the rest of the season and we'll see what happens the rest of the way.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Friday Night Stars

Here is a look at a few of the stars from Friday night.


Jodeci Mays:
The Airport junior rushed for 181 yards and 4 touchdowns on 19 carries as the Jets whipped Jefferson down in Monroe Friday Night. Mays continues to lead the Huron League in rushing while lifting the Jets upon the league standings.

Robbie White: The Grosse Ile sophomore threw for 215 yards and two scores in the Red Devils 30 to 20 loss to Milan. White hooked up with his favorite target Jim Cameron 7 times.

Joe Conner:
The Flat Rock senior exploded for 155 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Rams earned their first victory of the season over Riverview. Conner also added an interception for the 1-3 Rams.

Tyler Weclowski:
The senior LB from Huron was credited with 25 tackles in the Chiefs 20-19 loss to SMCC. Weclowski delivered several bone jarring hits including a Dick Butkus type hit that loosened the fillings of SMCC's Andrew Lamour in the 1st quarter.

Luke Yinger:
The speedy junior from SMCC made two great plays in the Falcons 20-19 win over Huron. Yinger scored from 45 yards out in the 1st quarter and made a play in the 4th quarter that may have saved the game for the Falcons. The Falcon CB caught Huron's Sterling Wilson on a break away late in the 4th quarter. Yinger looked like he was shot out of a cannon as he caught Huron's speedy back at the 15 yard line.

Game Summaries

Flat Rock 28 Riverview 21: Joe Conner scored 3 touchdowns and rang up 155 yards on the ground as the Rams won their first game of the year.

The Rams scored the first three touchdowns of the game and led 20-14 at the half. Dan Chickeral also scored for the Rams as they improved to 1-2 in the league and 1-3 overall. The Pirates remain winless under first year coach Jeff Stergalas.

Milan 30 Grosse Ile 20: Milan improved to 2-1 in the Huron League and 3-1 overall as Chris LaBelle scored 2 touchdowns for the Big Reds.

Grosse Ile's Robbie White threw for 225 yards and 2 touchdowns but it was not enough as the Red Devils were outscored 15-0 in the final quarter. Grosse Ile drops to 1-2 in the League and 2-2 overall.

Airport 42 Jefferson 14:
Jodeci Mays ran for 181 yards and scored 4 touchdowns as the visiting Jets kept pace with SMCC in the Huron League by blasting Jefferson 42-14.

The Jets held the bruising Bryan McCullough to 35 yards rushing as they improved to 3-0 in the Huron League and 4-0 overall. The loss drops the Bears to 1-2 in the league and 2-2 overall.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Falcons Slip by Chiefs

SMCC's Micheal Howey scored a on a 45 yard run with 5:29 to go in the 4th quarter to help the Falcons slip by Huron in a key Huron League game tonight. The run came just moments after a Falcon defender intercepted a Andrew Mayrand pass at the Falcon goal line.

SMCC opened the scoring in the 1st quarter on a 20 yard run by Andrew Lamour. The 2 point conversion was good and the Falcons led 8-0. Huron was able to respond with a Tyler Weclowski 25 yard run on their first possession. The conversion failed making the score 8-6 SMCC. SMCC struck again late in the 1st on a 45 yard run by speedy Luke Yinger, the conversion failed and the Falcons led 14-6 after one quarter.

Huron was able to respond midway through the 2nd quarter when Huron's Sterling Wilson scored from 17 yards out. The 2 point conversion failed and the Falcon lead was 14-12. Huron would strike again when Mayrand hit David Stockert on a 17 yard pass play. The kick was good and the Chiefs went into half time with a 19-14 lead.

The 3rd quarter was relatively quiet as both defenses stepped up strong. Huron looked like that may have the game won late when Huron's Wilson broke away seemingly for a touchdown. SMCC's Luke Yinger made a game saving tackle on Wilson by catching him after he had covered 56 yards down to the Falcon 15 yard line. That play set up the interception that led to the Falcon's final touchdown drive.

The win makes the Falcons 3-0 in the Huron League and 3-1 overall. Huron drops to 1-2 in the league and 2-2 overall.

Huron League Scores

Flat Rock 28 Riverview 21

SMCC 20 Huron 19


Airport 42 Jefferson 14

Milan 30 Grosse Ile 20

Report Scores

If you have a score from any of the games tonight please post them here. I will get them up ASAP. I won't be attending any games tonight because of a family wedding. Feel free to summarize a little if you like. Thanks!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Offensive Stat Leaders

Rushing Leaders:
1)Jodeci Mays (A) 66-457, 2)Bryan McCullough (MJ) 55-406, 3)Dex Teen (GI) 55-403, 4)Joe Dunn (M)45-382, 5)Chris LaBeau (SMCC) 55-351, 6)Sterling Wilson (H) 47-346

Passing Leaders:
1) Andrew Mayrand (H) 25-46-493, 2) Robby White (GI)18-28-276, 3)Jason Kubica (R) 18-48-257, 4) Daniel Jones (A) 27-37-224, 5) Grant Karr (M) 17-29-125

Receiving Leaders:

1)Jim Cameron (GI) 13-252, 2) David Stockert (H) 6-163, 3) Caleb Tavtigian (H) 5-141 4)Michael Kowalski (R) 9-138, 5) Tyler Baker (A) 6-85

JV Scores

Flat Rock 18 Riverview 0

Airport 53 Jefferson 14

SMCC 47 Huron 32


Grosse Ile 20 Milan 12

Week 4 Pick'em

I know many of you have been putting your picks in. We are going to have a contest based on the four games this week. You must pick who wins and the scores. Whoever has the most wins and is closest to the game scores will win a "special prize". Please post them in the comments section here.

The "special prize" will be a free subscription to this blog as long as it runs. Oh that's right it's already "FREE"! Well, just submit your picks if you like and if you have any complaints about the content or coverage of this blog remember it is "free".

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Week 4 Part II

SMCC/Huron: SMCC/MCC owns this series with a 39-1 record including 22 in a row dating back to 1987. SMCC owns 18 Huron League championships Huron has zero. SMCC has been to the playoffs 14 times Huron has never been there. SMCC rarely throws the ball Huron throws it better than any team in the league. This is a matchup of two completely different teams and programs but they both enter this game with the same goals; win this game, win the league, make the playoffs. SMCC probably has a goal or two more than that but you get the picture.

Huron is coming off an extremely big win over Jefferson. The Chiefs must put that behind them and figure out a way to stop the awesome ground attack of the Falcons. Look for the Chiefs to stack the line of scrimmage and pray that the SMCC backs don't get into the open field. Huron will look to get it's high octane offense going and try to get SMCC off of their game plan.

SMCC looks like their starting to hit their stride. They pummeled Flat Rock early last week and will try to do the same to the Chiefs. SMCC's secondary needs to be on top of their game to contain the Chief aerial attack. They must be aware of the elusive Sterling Wilson or he can hurt you.

This isn't a game Huron needs to win. Last weeks game provided more pressure on the Chiefs. SMCC was a league favorite coming in and nothing has changed. If there is any pressure, it may be on the Falcons considering their recent history against the pass. There should be a big crowd at Huron this week and they should see an entertaining game. I think Huron can score on SMCC but it isn't going to be enough. Look for a SMCC win 41-28.

Airport/Jefferson: This is a great rivalry game. The two districts border each other and most of the kids know each other. The games are always hard fought even though Airport has basically owned this rivalry for a decade.

Jefferson is coming off a tough loss at home to Huron. Coach Cisco may be kicking himself for throwing the ball at all against Huron last week. The Chiefs had a hard time against the power running game and Jefferson seemed to go backward when throwing. The Bears need to establish Bryan McCullough early. Look for him to carry the ball 25 times or more this week.

Airport was simply brilliant last week. They dismantled Milan and looked poised to repeat as league champions this year. Look for the offense to be a bit more diverse this week against a Bear defense poised to stop the run. Defensively, the Jets will load the box and dare Jefferson to throw the ball.

Jefferson is a program that always plays with pride but they will have their hands full this week. Airport is just that good. I don't see a repeat of last years low scoring contest. Look for Airport to score a bunch of points again this week. Jets win 34-19.

Week 4 Predictions Part I

Flat Rock/Riverview: The Rams have beaten the Pirates two games in a row after losing 23 straight dating back to 1984. Both teams are entering this game with disappointing 0-3 records. This game comes at a good time for both teams and is a game that either team could win.

Flat Rock has had major problems scoring this year. Teams have been focusing on RB Joe Conner and the other backs haven't stepped up yet. The Rams were blown out at home by SMCC. It was the defense that let the Rams down again but you can't win if you can't score. Look for the Rams to throw it a bit more than usual with Riverview stacking the line of scrimmage to stop the run. Defensively the Rams will have to prepare for a diverse offense that is comfortable running or throwing.

Riverview has to feel kind of snake bit in rout to their 0-3 start. They had Crestwood beat, lost a close game to perennial power SMCC, then lost at home to a retooled rival in Grosse Ile. Riverview has a pretty good defense and the offense is capable with players like Jason Kubica and Michael Kowalski.

With both teams being winless this could potentially be anyone's football game. Riverview will stop the run and Flat Rock will have to throw the ball. With Flat Rock winning the last two games against "The View" the Rams may have some confidence while traveling on the road. Riverview has competed a bit better this year so I will give the nod to the Bucs 21-20.

Milan/Grosse Ile: A year ago this pick would have been a no brainer. Milan whooped the Red Devils 48-8. In fact the last time GI beat Milan was during their magical 2004 season. Things have changed in a year and this should be an interesting game.

Milan looked impressive in week 1 destroying Ypsi High. The Big Reds were able to hold off pesky Flat Rock in week 2. In week 3 Milan was dominated by a very good Airport Jet team. What we know now, is that Ypsi has possibly their worst team in 25 years and that Flat Rock will have a hard time winning a game this year. Milan has to be able to pass the ball effectively this week or GI will just stack the line of scrimmage to stop the run.

Grosse Ile is in a position their not accustomed to in football. They are 2-1 and could possibly be 3-0. Their defense has improved and the offense is diverse. The Red Devils are speedy and have a handful of different weapons on offense. GI will gear to stop Milan's running game as much as possible.

This is a very tough pick this year because Grosse Ile has been impressive at times and Milan has been unimpressive at times. Conventional wisdom would say take the traditional upper echelon team and go with Milan. My gut tells me something special is brewing over on the island. If I look at this from a football perspective, I don't think this is a good matchup for GI. Milan has great speed and should lock down on WR Jim Cameron and should be able to put pressure on QB Robbie White . Their defensive line is tough and should make running room scarce for RB Dex Teen on the inside and Milan's speed should contain him on the outside. This game will probably come down to turnovers and special teams. I think this game will be low scoring and I will go with Milan winning 14-10.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Week 3 Wrap Up

This was an interesting week in the Huron League. Airport looked like they meant business against Milan and Huron is trying to put the past behind them.

Riverview: The Pirates had a rough week in losing to their arch-rival Grosse Ile 24-15. Not only did they lose the Colvin Cup they dropped to 0-3 on the season. The Pirates host winless Flat Rock this week and that seems like a good opportunity for Jeff Stergalas to get his first win at Riverview.

Flat Rock:
The Rams laid an egg in their home opener against SMCC. Flat Rock has two major problems; they can't score and they can't stop anyone. That is not a good combination for success. Flat Rock travels to Riverview and it may a chance for them to taste victory for the first time this season.

Grosse Ile:
The Red Devils are a happy bunch after beating Riverview on the mainland this past Friday. The offense has been impressive and diverse. GI should have a good opportunity to win another game when an average Milan team comes to town this week.

Milan: The Big Reds will have to regroup after the whipping they took in Carleton on Friday. The way I see it, Milan has beat two weak teams and lost to an excellent team. They face Grosse Ile this week and the Red Devils will be much better than the two weakling Milan beat up on the first 2 games of the season.

Huron: The Chiefs won one of the biggest games in their history on Friday at Jefferson. The Bears are a team the Chiefs had to beat in order to become the last Monroe County region team to ever qualify for the playoffs. Huron can really find out where they stand when SMCC comes calling on Friday night.

Jefferson:
I don't think the Bears thought there was any chance of defeat when Huron came to town on Friday. The Bears would simply run the ball every play and get the "W". The problem is, the Bears threw the ball too much and hurt themselves while doing in. Jefferson host Airport on Friday and the Bears will have their hands full again with Airport's speedy team.

Airport:
The Jets made a statement by punishing Milan in Carleton on Friday. The entire team was clicking and simply made the Big Reds look like a JV squad. Airport travels to Jefferson on Friday and the Bears always play the Jets tough.

SMCC: SMCC was not in a particularly good mood when they arrived in Flat Rock on Friday. They responded by scoring virtually every time they touched the ball. SMCC travels to New Boston on Friday and will have to defend Huron's potent offense.

I was 2-2 last week and that moves my record to a rather disappointing 11-5 on the season. This week will be a tough call to improve on that record with some even matchups happening. Look for my predictions on this week's game on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hey Everyone!

I would like to personally thank everyone who has been a part of making this football blog a lot of fun for myself and for those who like to read about Huron League football. We had over a 1,050 hits on Saturday by people who like to read about high school football and the number of 1st time visitors continues to grow each day. That number was 227 yesterday.

We have tried to be fair to everyone in regards to out football coverage. I have managed to see four of the Huron League teams personally and I have plans to see the others. At times I am at the mercy of my family to cover the home team and I still have to get out and cover my alma mater as well.

I have had others helping me cover the other teams in the Huron League but could always use some more help. I lost my solid writer who has been covering the Airport games because he is headed down to Texas for a while. If your interested please drop me an email at your convenience.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Friday Night Stars

Robby White: The sophomore QB from Grosse Ile was an impressive 9-12 for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Red Devils 24-15 over their arch rival Riverview. It was the Islanders first win in the league since the 2006 season.

Andrew Mayrand:
The senior QB from Huron was 7-11 for 180 yards. Mayrand accounted for 4 touchdowns as he threw for 2 and ran for 2 in a 42-28 victory over Jefferson. It was the Chiefs first win over the Bears since 1980.

Jodeci Mays:
The junior RB from Airport scored two touchdowns for the Jets in their 49-21 victory over Milan. Mays carried the ball 18 times for 134 yards as the Jets avenged their only league loss from last season.

Chris LaBeau:
The senior RB from SMCC carried the ball 16 times for 208 yards and scored 3 touchdowns in SMCC’s victory over winless Flat Rock. The Falcons improved to 2-0 in the Huron League and sit in a first place tie with Airport.

Jim Cameron:
The junior WR from Grosse Ile is not a household name but he caught 7 passes for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Red Devils league win over Riverview.

Mike Oley:
The senior safety from Jefferson had 15 tackles in his teams 42-28 loss to New Boston Huron. Oley had several big hits for the Bears defense.

Great Job Jefferson!

I wanted to give kudos to the Jefferson Athletic Department and the Jefferson Band for the great job that they did on the 911 tribute before the game and at half time. It was an excellent way for everyone to show respect for the innocent and the heroic who died on that day and for all those who lost loved ones. I only wish the teams could have been present on the field during the pregame ceremony and National Anthem.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Game Summaries

Grosse Ile 24 Riverview 15

The Red Devils were able to claim the Colvin Cup back after a two year stay in Riverview by beating the Pirates 24-15. Dex Teen led the Islanders with 149 yards on 30 carries. QB Robby White accounted for all of the Red Devil scores by throwing for 2 touchdowns and running for another. Grosse Ile moves to 1-1 in the league and 2-1 overall. Jeff Sterglas has yet to taste victory as the coach of his alma mater as Riverview drops to 0-2 in the league and 0-3 overall.

SMCC 40 Flat Rock 0


The Rams were no match for the visiting Falcons as SMCC ran all over the Ram home field in rout to a 40-0 victory. The SMCC offense took advantage of the pourous Ram defense in rout to evening it's record at 1-1 in the league and 2-1 overall. The Rams are winless in the Huron League and 0-3 overall.

Huron Shocks Jefferson

"Biggest win in school history" was the first thing Huron coach Dan Kalbfleisch could say after his team's 42-28 victory over Jefferson. It just may have been. The Chiefs haven't beaten the Bears since 1980 and it's their first win over one of the so called "Big Four" in the Huron League in well, forever.

Things didn't start out well for the Chiefs as Jefferson started the game with an impressive 13 play 70 yard drive that ended with a Bryan McCullough 4 yard touchdown plunge. The extra point was added and the Bears led 7-0. Huron's first drive started at their own 30 yard line and they quickly drove into Jefferson territory before 3 straight big penalties had the Chiefs staring at 2nd and 45 at their own 20. The Chiefs were forced to punt and Jefferson was took over deep in their own territory. Huron was able to force a short punt and the Chiefs second possession started at the Bear 32 yard line. It took the Chiefs just 6 plays to find the endzone when Andrew Mayrand sneaked one into the endzone from 1 yard out. The extra point was good by Huron's Zach Richardson who had just arrived to the game after leading the Chief's soccer team to a 2-0 shutout of Riverview. The quarter ended with the game tied at 7.

Early in the 2nd quarter Huron was able to take a 14-7 lead when Andrew Mayrand connected with Caleb Tavtigian on a 45 yard TD pass. The Chief drive covered 75 yards in just 4 plays. Jefferson responded quickly when RB Dylan Sharkus took a pitch and scampered 61 yards on the first play of the drive and the score was tied 14-14. QB Mike Oley made the key block that sprung the quick back into the open for the score. Huron would come back and score again on a 1 yard run by Tyler Weclowski. The Chief drive covered 53 yards in 9 plays. The key play of the drive was a "Boise State" type pass play that covered 29 yards. The extra point was blocked and Huron led at the break 20-14.

The third quarter started with the Chiefs taking possession at their 37 yard line. It took the Chiefs just 3:16 to cover 63 yards in 7 plays to find the endzone again. This time it was Mayrand hooking up with WR Dave Stockert on a 20 yard pass that found they endzone. The 2-point conversion was good and Huron held a 14 point lead with 8:34 to go in the 3rd. On the ensuing possession Huron was able to force a fumble that was picked up by Chief defender Jacob Murphy and returned to the Bear 20 yard line. The Chiefs would cover the 20 yards in 4 plays as Mayrand scored on a 5 yard keeper to give the Chiefs a 35-14 lead with 6:09 to go in the quarter. Jefferson was not fazed by the score and went on a classic "Marc Cisco Drive" which covered 62 yards on 9 plays. Bryan McCullough would carry the ball 7 times on the drive and it ended with him scoring from 3 yards out making the game 35-21 going into the 4th.

The 4th quarter started with Huron in the middle of a 13 play drive that would end up covering 78 yards. The Chiefs were able to chew valuable minutes off of the clock. The drive would take 6 minutes and 19 seconds as Weclowski scored again on a 1 yard run. Once again the point after was good and the Chiefs led by 21 points again 42-21. Jefferson would not go away quietly though. The Bears would promptly march 50 yards in in 6 plays as Mike Oley threw a short 4 yard touchdown pass to Brandon Boring and the score was 42-28 with 5:26 to go in the game. Jefferson would get the ball back a minute later and would drive down to the Chief 31 yard line before turning it over on downs with 2:23 to go. The Chiefs were able to run out the clock and preserve what is certainly one of the school's biggest wins in history. "Our defense gave up some points but they stepped up when they had to" said a happy yet business like Kalbfleisch after the game. "We had a lot of two's out on the field late in the game and they did a nice job."

The Chiefs were led on the offensive side of the ball by QB Andrew Mayrand who was an impressive 7-11 for 180 yards and 2 touchdowns. The senior signal caller also ran for 2 scores. The key though was the Chief running game which racked up 252 yards on the ground and ate up much of the clock in the 2nd half. Sterling Wilson carried 18 times for 139 yards while Weclowski added 66 yards on 13 carries with 2 touchdowns. The Chief defense was led by Weclowski's 15 tackles while Jake Kincaid added 13 for Huron who moves to 1-1 in he league and 2-1 overall. Jefferson was led by McCullough who carried the ball 19 times for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns while Sharkus added 81 yards and a score on just 7 carries. The Bears fall to 1-1 in the league and 2-1 overall.

Airport Flexes It's Muscle

Summary - Airport looked very good in this game on both sides of the ball forcing a running clock in the 4th quarter. Their defense set the tempo early and often sacking Milan QB - Grant Karr four times and picking him off three times. Jodeci Mays carried the load on the ground for Airport with 18 carries for 134 yds and three touchdowns. Four Jets scored on the ground as Airport amassed 294 yards rushing. Tyler Pluff carried 8 times for 61 yards and 2 scores. Daniel Jones and Derek Williams each scored once.

Tyler Baker had a pair of interceptions with nice returns and took two more punts deep into Milan territory setting up short fields and touchdowns for Airport.

Milan opened some nice holes for Joe Dunn, but the Airport LB corp limited the damages and Dunn finished the day with 17 carries for 83 yards. Milan trailed 21-0 when Chris LaBelle scored on a 90 yard kick return for the Big Reds. Milan appeared to play inspired for a series or two following the return, but Airport scored on Williams' run to make it 28-7. Milan was intercepted by Baker and Mays scored from 12 yards out on the next play from scrimmage.

After Milan turned the ball over Mays scored from 43 yards and started the running clock, 42-7.

CJ Luvene returned the net kick 80+ yards for another special teams touchdown for Milan to momentarily stop the running clock, until Tyler Pluff's plunge from 12 yards out made the score 49-14.

Milan added a late touchdown on the passing arm of backup QB Tony Martenson who found Zac Arnold twice for 54 yards and a score.

Final Score 49-21 Airport.

FINAL STATISTICS

Airport Rushing
Jodeci Mays 18-134 yards, 3TD
Tyler Pluff 8-61 yards , 2TD
Derek Williams 5-33 yards , TD
Daniel Jones 5-25 yards, TD
Glenn Smith 2-23 yards
Dillon Balk 2-18 yards

Airport Passing
Daniel Jones 2/7-3 yards, INT

Airport Receiving
Tyler Baker 1-3 yards
Jodeci Mays 1-0 yards

Milan Rushing
Joe Dunn 17-83 yards
Leo Pittman 7-24 yards
Jason Tackett 2-7 yards
Barry Brock 2-0 yards
Grant Karr 6-(-2) yards

Milan Passing
Grant Karr 5/18-31 yards, 3INT, 4-sacked
Tony Martenson 2/2-54 yards, TD

Milan Receiving
Zac Arnold 2-54 yards, TD
Barry Brock 1-12 yards
Joe Dunn 1-8 yards
Cody O'Keefe 1-7 yards
Tony Martenson 1-6 yards
Jason Tackett 1-(-2)yards


Airport - 14 / 7 / 14 / 14 / 49
Milan - 0 / 7 / 0 / 14 / 21

Huron League Scores

Huron 42 Jefferson 28

Airport 49 Milan 21

Grosse Ile 24 Riverview 15

SMCC 40 Flat Rock 0

Offensive Stat Leaders

Rushing Leaders:
1)Joe Dunn (M) 30-311, 2)Jodeci Mays (A) 48-306, 3)Bryan McCullough (MJ) 34-291, 4)Dex Teen (GI) 33-250, 5)Sterling Wilson (H) 29-207

Passing Leaders:
1) Andrew Mayrand (H) 18-35-313, 2) Daniel Jones (A) 18-27-206, 3)Jason Kubica (R) 12-33-192, 4) Robby White (GI)9-16-145, 5) Grant Karr (M) 12-16-92

Receiving Leaders:
1)Jim Cameron (GI) 6-132, 2)Michael Kowalski (R) 7-125, 3) David Stockert (H) 4-111, 4) Tyler Baker (A) 5-82, 5) Caleb Tavtigian (H) 3-71

Thursday, September 10, 2009

JV Scores

Grosse Ile 39 Riverview 12

Jefferson 36 Huron 28

SMCC 52 Flat Rock 14

Airport 22 Milan 8

Thanks everyone for contributing.

I Need Help

People are asking for JV scores. Please feel free to pass on any JV scores from tonight. You may email them or simply post them in the comments section. I will get them up on the site ASAP. I think I am headed to see the Jefferson/Huron JV game tonight.

Also, I might start a pictures gallery. If you have any pictures forward them to my email and I will look to get them up on the blog. At this point I'll take varsity pictures only.

Week 3 Thoughts/Questions

Here are some idle thoughts and questions on the 3rd week of the season.

Which game should I attend? Why?

Will one of the little four beat one of the big four this week?

Will GI/Riverview be the pillow fight it has been the last few years?

Can Milan pass the ball when needed?

Will SMCC throw a pass? Will they need to?

Will Flat Rock throw a pass?

Will Airport solidify themselves as a championship contender?

Will TJ Lovell have a breakout game offensively?

Can Milan throw if needed?

Can anyone stop Huron's offense?

Can Huron's defense stop anyone's offense?


Right now I am leaning toward covering the GI/Riverview game. I am interested in attending the Milan/Airport game but my people on the ground have that covered. I guess I will let everyone decide.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Week 3 Predictions Part II

Huron/Jefferson: This game is a match up of teams who come from different sides of the tracks. Jefferson has been a very good program the past three decades and they own a state championship from 1994. Huron has struggled in that same time span and have lost 27 straight games to the Bears. The Chiefs last won in 1980, in fact the Chiefs won 5 in a row against Jefferson during the Tom LaBeau era at Huron. With that said, none of that has any bearing on this game.

Even though Huron was on the wrong side of a 54-26 loss to Airport last week the Chiefs feel they can score on anyone. Airport usually brings a good defense with them and Huron shredded it for 450 yards. The Chiefs should be able to score on the Bears. They don't boast the defensive speed of Airport. Andrew Mayrand should be able to throw on the Bears but look for Huron to run the ball as much as possible in order to work the clock. As good as Huron's offense is, the defense is the exact opposite. The Chiefs must improve their defensive line play against the Bear's power running game.

Jefferson found itself in a difficult position the last 2 weeks trailing their opponents at the break. Marc Cisco has worked some magic in the lockeroom at halftime each game and the Bears have done enough to win each game behind their powerful running game. Against Huron, the Bears must use the clock to their advantage and avoid turning the ball over. They must keep Huron's offensive weapons off of the field. Look for Cisco to run Bryan McCullough and Dylan Sharkus as much as possible to control the clock.

This weeks game should be interesting. It will be a difference in styles and philosophies. The Bears always play defense and the Chiefs are still learning. This game should be a high scoring affair but the better defensive team will win this game. Jefferson wins a close one again 30-28.

Milan/Airport: The Jets and Big Reds tied for the Huron League championship last season. Both teams are off to 2-0 starts this year. These are two of the fastest teams in the league and they should provide an entertaining game. Milan won last years game 26-14 and the Jets will have revenge on their minds.

Milan was dominant in their first game of the season against Ypsilanti rolling to a 49-12 win. Last week the Big Reds struggled with winless Flat Rock 14-0. Milan will look to depend on it's running game and it's strong defensive line play in order to be competitive in this game. Milan may need to throw the ball behind the arm of Grant Karr to loosen up the Airport defense who will undoubtedly put 8 to 9 men in the box.

Airport has been a scoring machine in their first two games. Five different Jets scored in the first 2 games. The Jets have amazing team speed on offense and if someone finds a seam in the defense they usually find paydirt. Airport hasn't seemed themselves this year on defense but have probably faced two of the better offenses in the region the first two weeks in Bedford and Huron.

This is without a doubt the game of the week in the Huron League and should draw quite a crowd in Carleton. Airport was one of my top picks in the league this year and there is no reason to doubt them now. They just have too many offensive weapons for Milan. They will be partying at the Grafton after a Jet victory on Friday as Airport downs Milan 35-27.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Week 3 Predictions Part I

Grosse Ile/Riverview: These two cross-river rivals square off for the Colvin Cup at Riverview on Friday. The Pirates have owned the cup the last two seasons but GI is playing with confidence and feels like they have a great shot at bringing the cup back to the Island.

Even though Grosse Ile lost a heart breaker on a late 4th quarter FG to Jefferson last week. The Red Devils are feeling pretty good about themselves coming into the biggest game on their schedule this season. Dex Teen is averaging 125 ypg. but GI is far from a one man show. Robby White has been extremely effective at the QB position both throwing and running the ball. Cam Church has been another option for the Red Devils on the ground. John Korody and Adam Curtis have been leaders on defense along with Teen and Church.

Riverview can't be happy with their 0-2 start. Even though they played a competitive game against SMCC the Pirates are still winless. Against the Falcons Riverview managed only 6 first downs and the running game produced little results. On the bright side, the Pirate defense was able to hold SMCC's offensive machine to a respectable 17 points. QB Jason Kubica has been effective at times but must improve his passing accuracy. A consistent running game will help the young QB. Anthony Miller and Michael Kowalski have been outstanding for the Pirates and they will need those two to continue their excellent play.

This week's game should be a barn burner. After two games these teams seem evenly matched on paper. If Riverview wants to retain the cup the Pirates will have to stop the tandem of Teen and Church from running the ball. If they can force GI's young QB to have to win the game they should be in good shape. The Red Devils must do the same thing if they plan on taking the cup back across the bridge. They need to focus on stopping the running game of the Bucs. If they can force Riverview to have to throw the ball it will be to the Islanders advantage. This is virtually a pick'em game but I will give a slight edge based on two things; a veteran coach and a home field advantage. Riverview wins this game 21-20.

SMCC/Flat Rock:
The Rams host SMCC at Middlestadt Field on Friday. The Falcons come to town with a 1-1 record while the Level Pebblers are winless on the 2009 season.

SMCC could easily be 2-0 at this point of the season. Their last second loss to Crockett Tech looks like a good loss after the Rockets beat Cass Tech this past week. The Falcons struggled a bit with a rebuilding Riverview program last week but the fact remains that they won the game. The Falcons continue to run the ball effectively with Howey, LaBeau and Lamour all gaining valuable yards. On defense the Catholics are led by LB TJ Lovell and DB Mike Pannone.

Flat Rock is coming off of a hard fought loss to Milan last week. The Rams did a good job of shutting down Joe Dunn from Milan and overall did an excellent job against the Big Red running game. The Rams had been woeful against Ida in week 1 but rebounded with a good effort against an excellent program. The Rams have had problems moving the football and putting it in the endzone. The Rams could use a simple passing game to loosen things up a little bit to give Joe Conner some running room.

This game looks like a potential blowout on paper. The SMCC running game versus the Flat Rock run defense. Don't expect Coach Giarmo to throw a single pass this week. He will keep things simple and will probably look to get his senior FB Lovell involved in the offense a little more than he has been this season. Flat Rock needs to find a way to get the ball in the endzone. They must get the ball to their playmakers in space if they are to have a chance in this game. The Rams will be well prepared for SMCC but look for the team I picked to win the league to win this one 27-6.

Week 2 Wrap Up

Grosse Ile made some waves this week when they took Jefferson to the brink on Thursday. It looks as if the Red Devils are better than many thought, including me. They play at their rival this week in a game that could determine the direction of heir season.

Flat Rock fell to 0-2 this week and wins look like they will be hard to come by. The loss to Milan was closer than many expected but it looks like the Rams will have a hard time scoring points this year.

Riverview
played well this week against SMCC but still fell to 0-2 on the season. The Pirates must beat their rival this week or the season will become really long really quick.

Milan moved to 2-0 on the season with a good defensive effort against Flat Rock. Milan will find out where they stand when they visit Airport this week. The Big Reds will have to be able to score because Airport's offense is likely to put up a big number.

Huron
dropped to 1-1 after losing a shootout with Airport this week. Scoring 26 points on the Jets is no easy task. The Chiefs visit Jefferson this week and must shore up their defense if they hope to come away with a win.

Jefferson escaped with a win on the Island this week. Grosse Ile was able to expose the Bears a bit with their speed. Look for Cisco to attack Huron's weak run defense this Friday.

Airport was impressive offensively against Huron this week. Their team speed is impressive. They need to get better defensively if they plan on winning the league.

SMCC did what they had to do against upstart Riverview this week. The Falcons ran the ball effectively against the Pirates. The Falcons visit Flat Rock this week and should be able to run the ball again.

I was a cool 4-0 this past week in my predictions and moved to 9-3 on the young season. This week should be a little harder. Look for my weekly predictions coming up later on this week.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Friday Night Stars (Thursday Too!)

Here are a few of the stars from around the Huron League this week.

Airport Offense: It's tough to single out anyone on the offense for the Jets they all did a great job while rolling up 550 yards in their 54-26 victory over Huron.

Huron Offense: The Chief offense was rolling Friday night against Airport as they racked up 450 yards in total offense in their loss to the Jets.

Micheal Kowalski from Riverview had 6 catches for 89 yards in the Pirates 17-10 loss to SMCC.

Michael Howey
from SMCC ran for 109 and a touchdown on just 13 carries in the Falcons win over Riverview.

Ryan Hasten from Milan help lead the Big Reds to a 14-0 shutout victory over Flat Rock. The senior defensive lineman was credited with 12 tackles.

Mike Oley from Jefferson led his team on a 52 yard drive which set up Jake Sterling's 20 yard FG with 29 seconds left to give the Bears a thrilling coming from behind 31-29 victory. Oley also led Jefferson with 9 tackles on defense.

Jim Cameron
from Grosse Ile had 5 catches for 117 yards and a touchdown in the Red Devils 31-29 loss to Jefferson.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Jets Pull Away From Pesky Chiefs

Coming into tonight's game against Airport the Huron Chiefs knew they would be able to score. The big question would be, could the Chiefs stop the Jets offensive machine. The answer was no as the Jets rolled up nearly 550 yards in total offense with 390 yards coming on the ground.

Huron opened the scoring in the 1st quarter on a 30 yard FG by Zach Richardson after the Jets muffed the opening kickoff. The Jets answered with an 8 play, 72 yard drive that ended with a Daniel Jones touchdown run. Huron would respond with a 5 play, 70 yard drive of their own which ended on an electrifying 35 yard TD run by Sterling Wilson which gave the Chiefs a 10-7 lead with 1:49 to go in the quarter. The Chief lead was short lived as Tyler Pluff scored .20 seconds later on a 53 yard scamper which gave the Jets the lead at the end of the 1st quarter 14-10.

The Jets picked up where they left off by marching 87 yards on 9 plays. Jodeci Mays scored on a 29 yard run and the Jets led 20-10 with 7:36 in the half. Huron would respond by kicking another 30 yard FG which was set up by a Will Brennan 56 yard kickoff return and with 3:57 to go until halftime Airport led 20-13. The Jets would respond again. This time QB Daniel Jones threw a 35 yards TD pass to RB Derek Williams. The play came with 24 seconds left in the half on a 3 and 12 play. That score made the halftime score 26 -13 Airport.

The scoring picked up early in the 3rd quarter as Huron QB Andrew Mayrand hooked up with WR Dave Stockert on a 68 yard scoring strike. The 6-4 Stockert caught the ball across the middle and out raced the Jet defenders to the endzone. That made the score 26-19 with 10:32 left in the 3rd. After Huron forced an Airport punt the Chiefs began to drive again going 48 yards in 8 plays. The drive ended at the Jet 37 yard line when a fake punt attempt was thwarted by the Jet defense. The Jets responded by going 63 yards on 9 plays as Tyler Pluff ran 25 yards to make the score 33-19 with 1:22 left in the 3rd. Once again Huron responded, Sterling Wilson ran 33 yards to get into Airport territory and Andrew Mayrand struck again with a 48 yard scoring strike to Caleb Tavtigian and the score was 33-26 at the end of the 3rd.

With only a touchdown separating the two teams with a quarter to play. Airport responded like a true championship contender. The Jets would score 21 unanswered points in the 4th as Mays scored 2 touchdowns and Williams would score on a 72 yard run. Airport's speed and depth seemed to wear down to Chiefs and the final ended up 54-26 Airport.

For the Jets; Mays finished with 137 yards, Pluff finished with 133 yards and Williams with 112. Daniel Jones was 11-15 for 157 yards and a touchdown and also threw 2 interceptions. For the Chiefs; Mayrand was 13-25 for 215 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception. Sterling Wilson led the Chiefs ground game with 139 yards on 19 carries and a TD.

Game Summaries

Sorry folks I wrote these but forgot to post them. Once again thanks to my contributers.

Milan 14 Flat Rock 0

This game was scoreless until the 2nd quarter when Milan scored on a QB sneak. The Big Reds led 7-0 at the half. Milan extended their lead in the 3rd quarter on a short run by Joe Dunn giving the Big Reds a 14-0 lead at the end of three. That score would hold as the teams both teams failed to score in the 4th. With the win, Milan moves to 2-0 and the Rams are 0-2.

SMCC 17 Riverview 10

The Falcons led this game 3-0 at the half. The Falcon running game was working again. Michael Howey rushed for over 100 yards while Riverview's Jason Kubica Threw for 115 yards and a touchdown. SMCC evened it's record at 1-1. Riverview fell to 0-2.

Huron League Scores

Here are tonight's Huron League scores:

Milan 14 Flat Rock 0

SMCC 17 Riverview 10

Airport 54 Huron 26

Thursday Night:

Jefferson 31 Grosse Ile 29

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Jefferson tops GI

The Red Devils held a 14-7 lead at half time in this Thursday night affair on the island. Jefferson was able to score 24 points in the 2nd half and squeaked out a 31-29 win over the upset minded Islanders. Bryan McCullough and Dillon Sharkus both scored 2 TD's for the Bears

Submit your picks

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Week 2 Thoughts

Just some idle thoughts and/or questions on the league games this week.

Will SMCC score on a kick or punt return this week?

Will Jefferson's Bryan McCullough carry the ball every play this week?

Will Huron have visitors bleachers or will Airport fans have to sit on a hill?

Will Grosse Ile have any practices this weekend or do the Islanders all go away for the extended weekend?

Will SMCC throw a single pass this week? Will Flat Rock? Will Jefferson?

Who is the best back in the league?

Is SMCC's Howey a QB or a signal caller?

Who is faster in the 40? Teen? Mays? or Conner? How about Lamour? Who? Andrew Lamour

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

College Football

What do you write about on a Wednesday on Huron League football? Nothing, you write about the local college teams.

I thought I would give my 2 cents on Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame. As usual just my opinion.

Michigan: I think the Wolverines have a fine coach in Rich Rodriguez. He just needs some time to make this thing gel. He had some great teams at West Virginia with top 40 talent. Let's see what he can do with top 10 talent. I see Michigan going 7-5 this season.

Western Michigan (W)
Notre Dame (W)
Eastern Michigan (W)
Indiana (W)
@ Michigan State (L)
@ Iowa (L)
Delaware State (W)
Penn State (L)
@ Illinois (W)
Purdue (W)
@ Wisconsin (L)
Ohio State (L)

Michigan State: The Spartans look like they have their best team in quite some time. The schedule is relatively easy with OSU not on there. Dantonio is doing a good job and the Spartans should be headed to a New Year's Day Bowl Game with a 10-2 record.

Montana State (W)
Central Michigan (W)
@ Notre Dame (L)
@ Wisconsin (W)
Michigan (W)
@ Illinois (W)
Northwestern (W)
Iowa (W)
@ Minnesota (W)
Western Michigan (W)
@ Purdue (W)
Penn State (L)

Notre Dame: Everyone seems pretty high on the Irish. I think they will benefit from a soft schedule. Clausen could be the most overrated QB in college football history (well maybe Ron Powlous was). Look for the Irish to go 9-3.


Nevada (W)
@ Michigan (L)
Mihigan State (W)
@ Purdue (W)
Washington (W)
USC (L)
Boston College (W)
Washington State (W)
Navy (W)
@ Pittsburgh (L)
Connecticut (W)
@ Stanford (W)

Some notable games are ND at Michigan. The Wolverines won't roll over in this one. State @ ND should be interesting. The Spartans have owned the Irish lately but I see a possible slip up by the Spartans here. USC @ ND is a mismatch again. The Irish should consider dropping this game.

Trivia Question:

The owner of this blog is a huge college football fan, which team is his favorite?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Week 2 Predictions Part II

Flat Rock/Milan: Flat Rock entered the opening week of the season thinking they could possibly get back to back wins to start the season. After suffering a big defeat at Ida, the Rams must travel over 5 sets of train tracks on their way to Milan who is coming off of a thrashing of Ypsi High. Joe Conner had a hard time running the ball against the Ida defense. The Rams only threw it 6 times last Friday and may need more balance if they hope to move the ball this week. The Rams will need to have better line play on both sides of the ball if they hope to compete against the Big Reds.

If it seemed like I doubted Milan coming into the season it is safe to say I was wrong. I simply thought that Steve Robb graduated too many valuable pieces from last years team to not take a step backwards this season. Milan ran the ball almost the entire game throwing only a handful of passes. The Big Reds defense was hard nosed and the special teams also excelled.

Traveling to Milan you will notice that their stadium has received a makeover and that the Big Reds faithful take football seriously. Milan will be waiting for Flat Rock with a defense that will be keyed to stop Joe Conner. The Big Reds will probably have 5 or 6 different kids carry the ball on Friday led by Joe Dunn who had a monster game last week. I thought in the preseason that this was a game that Flat Rock could possibly win but this is a bad matchup for the Rams. The Rams had problems against the run last week and that is obviously Milan's strength. Part of me thinks that Ypsi is down from last year but Milan has just reloaded. The Rams may make a game of this if they can contain Dunn and his buddies early on if not, the flood gates may open. I think you'll see a different Flat Rock team this week unfortunately it probably won't matter. Milan wins 24-6.

Airport/Huron:
Airport got a quality win against an improving Class A program last week and showed everyone in the process that the Jets are back. Jodeci Mays showed that he isn't just a track man and Daniel Jones showed he isn't just a baseballer. The Jets offensive line showed that they will be a formidable unit and should allow the Jet skill people make plays. The defense looks like its usual self with speed and physicality.

Huron started the season against a varsity team this year and was surprised by Erie Mason who scored on a trick play to open the game. That just seemed to make the Chiefs mad as they scored the games next 5 touchdowns to close out the first half. Andrew Mayrand picked up where he left off and the Chiefs had a significant running game last week. After the the Eagles scored the Huron defense dominated the game until a late score by Mason in the 4th quarter.

This week the Chiefs will find out if they have a legitimate shot at a top 4 finish in the league and a possible playoff berth. Huron must come out strong and pop the Jets in the mouth if they are to have a chance in this game. Confidence plays a role in sports and Huron could use some during the early part of this game. Expect a large Huron crowd and expectations of a victory. Airport will look to stop the Chief running game and make them rely on Mayrand's arm. Huron will try and do the same thing on defense and force Jones to have to throw the ball. This is a match up between the two best QB's in the league and they will have a say in who wins. Airport's defense will be the difference in this game. Running the ball against them will be tough going. You must be able to run the ball to win. Airport will have the better night on the ground and will win a hard fought victory 28-18.